Safety tips for a Happy Halloween!

Bishop Police Department press release

Halloween tips:

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ALL DRESSED UP:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost

 ON THE TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween,
    remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    – Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
    – Carry a mobile phone for quick communication.
    – Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    – If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    – Never cut across yards or use alleys.
    – Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
    – Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
    – Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
 

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